You are no doubt aware that your pets can pick up fleas outside in your yard. This is the most likely place they'll get fleas because, for most pets, this is where they spend most of their outdoor time. If you have woods on your property or next to your property, you can have even more trouble with fleas. Woodland areas are the perfect ecosystem for fleas. They provide lots of shade and lots of moisture for these tiny parasites to survive before they take a host. Our focus today will be on these host creatures which fleas use to get into your yard and possibly into your home.
Yard Pests & Fleas
There are many furry critters in the wooded areas of Texas. Some of those creatures can become yard pests. Raccoons can check out what's in your garbage and spread it all over your lawn. Gophers can tunnel in and create holes and dirt mounds everywhere. Ground squirrels can make holes and damage your vegetation and small trees. These and other mammals have fleas on them. As they move around in your yard, flea eggs and flea dirt are dropped to the ground. If these animals lay down in a shaded spot in your landscaping, they can leave enough flea dirt for hatching fleas to feed and develop. This creates areas of danger around your home where your pets can become exposed to fleas. For this reason, we often suggest containing pets to outdoor, fenced-in locations. A fence will prevent your dog(s) from getting into shaded spots and picking up fleas. It will also help to resist wildlife traffic in the location where your dog(s) recreate outside.
Keep in mind when creating a fenced-in play area for your pet(s), that it is best to have no vegetation in these areas, especially vegetables or fruit-producing plants that could lure wildlife to burrow under your fence or find a way over to get to that food source.
Indoor Pests & Fleas
Some animals aren't content to stay on the outside of your home. If they see a vulnerable spot as they explore your exterior, they can chew or claw their way in. Rodents are particularly prone to doing this. Mice and Norway rats will chew on door sweeps, weather stripping on doors, frames on windows and doors, cracked mortar, seals around pipes, and more. Squirrels, roof rats, raccoons, and others can attack the high points of your home such as eaves, soffits, rooflines, pipe gaskets, vents, and other vulnerable spots.
Once inside a home, some animals will be content to stay in attic spaces. This is not the case for mice and rats. If you have one, or both, of these rodent pests in your home, they're likely to spread fleas as they search your home for food options. There are many factors that will determine whether or not a mouse or a rat will become a house-exploring pest or simply a house-harboring pest. It is best to not take the chance that your unwanted visitor will stay out of your common areas.
How Do Rodents Spread Fleas In A Home?
They do it the same way as in your yard. As they travel, eggs and flea dirt fall off. If enough flea dirt falls in one spot to feed hatching fleas, those fleas will be able to develop into adult fleas. If this happens, you'll have fleas springing out of rodent hiding places to take your pet as a host.
How Fleas Get Onto Residents
When you're out in your yard, you are not likely to pick up fleas. You aren't a suitable host for a flea. But fleas that are brought into your home or fleas that hatch in your home can take a blood meal from you without taking you as a host. This is why people get flea bites.
How To Get Fleas Out Of Homes
If you're dealing with fleas, the best solution is to contact a pest control professional. Fleas can be extremely difficult to get rid of. Read some of the horror stories online. And, when you don't get rid of those fleas, you are exposing everyone in your home to flea-borne diseases.
For flea control in Chandler and the surrounding communities, Innovative Pest Control is the right choice. Our team has the training, experience, and friendliness to immediately calm your fears and resolve this stressful problem.